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Architectural Designer Average Salary in United States 2018

How much money does an Architectural Designer make in United States?

5,458 USD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as an Architectural Designer in United States typically earns around 5,458 USD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Architectural Designer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Architectural Designer Salary Distribution in United States

25% of people earn
3,333 USD
or less
50% of people earn
3,956 USD
or less
75% of people earn
8,333 USD
or less
Minimum
3,000 USD
Median
3,956 USD
Maximum
10,000 USD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Architectural Designer salaries in United States range between 3,000 USD per month (minimum salary) to 10,000 USD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 3,956 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Architectural Designer are earning less than 3,956 USD while the other half are earning more than 3,956 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph, with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two similar values: the 25th and 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Architectural Designer are earning less than 3,333 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 3,333 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Architectural Designer are earning less than 8,333 USD while 25% of them are earning more than 8,333 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should I be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median, then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you. You have plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. Luckily for you, we have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Architectural Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
3,840 USD
2 - 5 Years    +22%  
4,680 USD
5 - 10 Years    +18%  
5,520 USD
10 - 15 Years    +27%  
6,990 USD
15 - 20 Years    +12%  
7,830 USD
20+ Years    +11%  
8,670 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experince level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Architectural Designer salaries by experience level. An Architectural Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 3,840 USD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to to earn 4,680 USD per month, 22% more than someone with with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,520 USD per month, 18% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Architectural Designer(s) who whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,990 USD per month, 27% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 7,830 USD per month, 12% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 8,670 USD per month, 11% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Architectural Designer Salary Comparison By Education

Certification or Diploma    =  
4,785 USD
Bachelor's Degree    +29%  
6,150 USD
Master's Degree    +26%  
7,725 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Architectural Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certification or Diploma, the average salary of an Architectural Designer is 4,785 USD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 6,150 USD per month, 29% more than someone with Certification or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,725 USD per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Architectural Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
5,021 USD
Male    +16%  
5,813 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Architectural Designer employees in United States earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
4,748 USD
Public Sector    +28%  
6,086 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Architectural Designer employees in United States earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Architectural Designer Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

How are Architectural Designer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average Architectural Designer salary in United States in recent years.

2015201620172018
Average Salary 2015    =  
5,113 USD
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
5,195 USD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
5,340 USD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
5,458 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Architectural Designer salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet slow continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Architectural Designer Average Hourly Wage in United States

28 USD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States for Architectural Designer is 28 USD. This means that the average Architectural Designer in United States earns approximatly 28 USD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage, the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and is considered to the be the standard.

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Salary Comparison By State (Average Monthly Salary)

StateAverage Salary
California3,560 USD
Connecticut4,417 USD
Kansas10,000 USD
Kentucky3,333 USD
New York6,722 USD
Pennsylvania3,792 USD
Wisconsin3,333 USD

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